Skills for Care approves new induction regime

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Skills for Care has given overall approval for revised social care induction standards. The organisation says the present standards used by registered managers to assess the fitness to practice of new staff need revision to come into line with social care’s revised NVQs and with the General Social Care Council codes of practice. The new standards will come into use from September 2005, and are expected to become compulsory a year later. The new induction period will be longer, possibly up to 12 weeks rather than the current six weeks, but the present six month foundation period will be scrapped. It is assumed that employers will add their own induction requirements to tailor the standards to particular workplaces. Skills for Care chief executive Andrea Rowe said her organisation was talking with the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) about how the new standards would fit with regulatory requirements for care services, including how they could be completed by care workers under 18, whose care work is

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